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Is Capecitabine a Good Drug to Cure Colorectal Cancer?

My doctor recommends a course of treatment with capecitabine for my colorectal cancer. I'd like to learn a little more about the medication so I can be sure it's a good choice for me. For starters, can capecitabine actually cure colorectal cancer?
 

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When capecitabine was first approved in the United States in 1998, it produced quite a bit of excitement, and for good reason. It is a "prodrug" of 5-FU, the mainstay of colorectal cancer chemotherapy for decades. This means that the body converts capecitabine into 5-FU. But unlike 5-FU, which is given by a "central line" into the bloodstream, capecitabine is taken by mouth, making chemotherapy regimens much more convenient and tolerable.
 
Sometimes, capecitabine is used with other chemotherapy drugs, radiation, and/or surgery. The chances that a capecitabine-based regimen will cure your colorectal cancer will vary, depending on the particular details of your case.
 
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